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A-R seniors get board nod on trip, flexible schedule – Students will travel to Florida

By Staff | Dec 19, 2007

ARMSTRONG–You might say that public speaking class paid off for some Armstrong-Ringsted seniors Monday night.

Two separate groups of seniors make some compelling presentations to the A-R Board of Education to convince the board to approve a senior trip to Florida and a flexible senior schedule for second semester.

First up to bat were Darci Naig, Leah Sanders and Lisa Pelzer who proposed a senior trip to Epcot Center in Florida. Naig said the trip would enhance seniors’ cultural experiences and that students would fund the trip themselves.

Pelzer added that it would be a learning experience for everyone.

She noted a number of rigid requirements for students if they are to go the trip, including no out-of-school suspensions, no more than one in-school suspension, no second violation of the school Good Conduct Policy, and fewer than four unexcused absences. She said the total trip costs would be about $500 a person for the five-day trip.

Guidance counselor Sandy Tigges said students would have to earn the trip through exemplary behavior and good attendance. “If this thing were approved, these guys would be setting a huge example,” Tigges said. She also noted that the trip would be for the whole class and not just selected members.

The board approved the request, then heard another request for the flexible senior schedule.

April Gunderson said the request covered the first two and final two periods of the day. To be eligible, students would have to be seniors and academically eligible with a minimum 2.5 grade-point average.

Dillion McBride said seniors would have no Good Conduct Policy violations or other significant infractions.

Brett Tigges noted that seniors would be able to then take day classes on campus at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Principal Matt Berninghaus noted that the flexible schedule would then pre-empt an open campus for lunch hour.

After a brief discussion, the board approved the request.

In other business coming before the board Monday:

n Berninghaus noted that the school band and vocal Christmas concerts went very well recently.

n Students have been abiding by a one-way road sign on the east side of the weight room.

n A professional development link is up on the district Web site.

n Berninghaus said he and Superintendent Randy Collins attended a teacher leader program at Pocahontas. The program showed how to coach other teachers in a non-threatening way.

n The board agreed to hold a work session 5:30 p.m. Dec. 27. The session will include district visionary planning.

n Approved second reading of the revised early retirement incentive plan.

n Approved resignations from Phil Nicoletti, baseball, and Jeremy Knowles, transportation.

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